Learn about Monkey Orchestra

The Monkey Orchestra, was first made by Meissen in 1753, for Augustus III, King of Saxony, in 1753 supposedly after a guest at one his lavish banquets made fun of his orchestra and said that they played like performing monkeys. The figurines were created by the Meissen modeller Johann Joachim Kaendler and revised by modeller Peter Reinicke in 1765/66. A full orchestra consists of 21 figurines, plus a music stand, but most sets coming onto the market contain fewer figures. Later, other factories picked up the design and produced their own version of the monkey orchestra, and Meissen is still making a monkey orchestra.
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A Rudolstadt Volkstedt monkey band comprising conductor and nine musicians, printed and impressed marks to base, minor losses. Height tallest 16 cm. (10)

A Rudolstadt Volkstedt monkey band group of nine musicians, printed and impressed marks to base. Height tallest 11.5 cm. (9)

Nine German porcelain monkey orchestra figures with various marks, approx 10 cm to 15 cm high (9)

A composite Meissen monkey Orchestra, 18th century and later, comprising seven 18th century figures and twelve 19th century figures, a conductor with a gilt metal plinth and a sheet music stand, the figures variously clad in mauve, ceris, pink, blue and pa

A collection of nine Dresden porcelain monkey band figurines, in Meissen style, modelled after 18th century originals by J. J. K'ndler, mid to late 19th century, manufactured Germany blue Dresden painted Crown mark. Height 10.2 cm to 14.5 cm

A Meissen 'Monkey band', figurine 'Bagpipe player' originally modelled by Kandler and Reinicke as a parody of the Dresden court Orchestra, the moulds used throughout the 19th century. This one, 19th century, signed on base. Height 15 cm

A Dresden monkey band of twenty musicians, including strings, winds, harpist and harpsichordist, four female singers and a flamboyant conductor, all in 18th century costume and mounted on scrolling bases with gilded accents, printed factory marks, minor da

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